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Overwatch's 5th anniversary is here and fans are loving the new skins

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Overwatch (opens in new tab) is celebrating its fifth anniversary later this month, and as part of the big birthday bash the annual anniversary event has returned. As always there are new skins, and this time it's Sombra, Moira, and Baptiste's turn to receive hot new legendary looks. 

Sombra's Black Cat skin (opens in new tab) has her with short purple hair, cat ears, and a little bell with a collar on it. Moira's Venus skin (opens in new tab) puts her in a venus fly trap-inspired getup, with short green hair and a slightly vicious-looking flowery garb. 

By far my favourite—and seemingly the favourite of every other Overwatch player—is the new Funky Baptiste skin. The '70s skin throws a lava lamp on his back, gives him an afro and a 'GRVY' belt.

It's easily one of the nicest legendary skins in the game, with Redditors already drawing fan art of the skin (opens in new tab) and saying "I wish I was a Bap main." (opens in new tab) People have also been pointing out the likeness between the skin and the classic 1971 movie Shaft (opens in new tab), later remade in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson. All the skins seem to have distinct movie vibes, with Sombra giving off Catwoman and Moira feeling distinctly Poison Ivy-esque. 

Other new epic skins added with the event include Gladitor Doomfist and Junkfood Junkrat, and there's also a trio of new epic skins that can be earned by completing weekly challenges. Playing nine games in Quick Play, Competitive, or the Arcade during each of the three weeks of the anniversary event will earn you a new player icon (one per week), squeezing in 18 per week will get you sprays, and managing 27 will get you the skins: Cybermedic Ana in week 1, Bird of Paradise Echo is week 2, and 8 Ball Wrecking Ball in week 3. Unlike the other new skins introduced for the event, the three epics are only available by completing the weekly challenges, so if you want them you'd best get to work.

Check 'em all out below:

Aside from the new skins, each anniversary event sees all skins from all events unlocked and available to purchase with credits—the only exception being limited-time skins like all of the Overwatch League MVP skins and Breast Cancer Awareness Mercy. That means event skins like Halloween, Lunar New Year, and Summer Games are all up for grabs.

The Overwatch Anniversary Event is live now, and full details are up at playoverwatch.com (opens in new tab). It's going to be a good week for Overwatch fans, with an Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab) Q&A also taking place later this week. (opens in new tab) The Q&A should hopefully quell any worries fans have for the game's future since Jeff Kaplan left Blizzard (opens in new tab) last month.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.